Freshwater Hot Spots

TROUT: In the Eastern Sierra Nevada the trout bite has been fair to good this past week at most waters in the region. The best bet is still Crowley Lake, which has simply very good for fly-anglers fishing midge and perch fry patterns. There is also a good bite Bridgeport Reservoir, Twin Lakes out of Bridgeport, Virginia Lakes, Silver Lake in the June Lake loop, Convict Lake, and Lake Sabrina. In Southern California, Big Bear Lake is one of the only bets, and it is slow to fair but improving. Green Valley Lake perked after a plant last week and remains fair to good. Jenks Lake has been very consistent for DFW stocker-size fish. In San Diego County, Cuyamaca is slow.

BLACK BASS: The action is fair to good across the region with the bass up chasing baitfish early and late in the day. Top bets are Lower Otay, San Vicente, El Capitan, Skinner, Perris, Diamond Valley, Silverwood, Puddingstone, Pyramid, Castaic, and Casitas. On the Colorado River, the bites are pretty good in Havasu and Mohave along with the lower river backwaters. Smallmouth have also been good in the lower Colorado River, but there is just no fishing pressure.

STRIPED BASS: The California aqueduct near Taft is still fair on frozen sardines and blood worms, but most of the fish are small. The striper action was generally fair most other places this past week, with Castaic, Pyramid, Skinner, and Silverwood all fair with flurries of very good action. Lots of small fish at all three, but Castaic has consistently been producing double digit fish over the past week. Diamond Valley is also finally showing signs of life with a couple of quality stripers in the 15 to 22-pound range in the past 10 days. The best action at all the lakes has been to fish jerk baits in boils or resort to cut baits or lug worms once the fish go deep. Fly-trolling is also a good bet. The Colorado Riverís Lake Havasu and Lake Mohave are both fair with good numbers and an occasional fish to 10 pounds. Light fishing pressure with the heat.

PANFISH: The bluegill and redear bites are fair all over the region, but little fishing pressure. Top bets for bluegill and/or redear are Lower Otay, Lake Perris, El Capitan, Lake Murry, Castaic Lake and Lagoon, Diamond Valley Lake, Lake Havasu, Topoc Gorge, and the Palo Verde Lagoon on the Colorado River. Not much in the way of crappie right now, but a couple of decent size fish (three pounds!) were reported again at Isabella this week in a tough bite.

CATFISH: Overall, the catfish bites have been fair to good across the region. Some nice catches at Skinner, but Elsinore, Silverwood, and Diamond Valley are nearly as good. The lower Colorado River is fair for both the channel and flathead catfish but the fishing pressure is very light at most places.

Bridgeport Reservoir photo

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